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Discover the natural and culinary delights of Phillip Island with an eco-tour from Melbourne. Taste regional wines and other specialty products at Phillip Island Winery, and visit the Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park for an up-close encounter with koalas and other Australian wildlife. Finish the day at a local beach where you can watch hundreds some of the world's tiniest penguins waddle out of the ocean and across the sand to their burrows. Group numbers are limited to 24 people for a more personalized experience.

Please note that this is the new itinerary as of April 1, 2016.

Highlights

  • Be enchanted as you witness small fairy penguins waddle past you from the ocean to their sand-dune burrows
  • Small-group tour with expert guide
  • Range of penguin viewing options including the exclusive viewing boardwalk or the more intimate option of the secluded beach location
  • Indulge yourself at the Phillip Island Winery
  • Free WIFI available on all tours

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Koalas and penguins are at the heart of this tour, but you'll also get a taste of delicious local wines and cheese. Upgrading allows you to get even closer to the tiny penguins for cuteness overload.

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What You Can Expect

Phillip Island Penguin Small Group Eco Tour from Melbourne

Nobbies, Phillip Island

Your Phillip Island adventure begins with late morning pickup at your Melbourne hotel in an air-conditioned minivan equipped with onboard Wi-Fi. Your first stop is the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, where you'll learn about an exotic array of Australian animals, including cuddly koalas, and lend a hand during feeding time.

Continue to the rural Phillip Island Winery, situated along the gorgeous Bass Strait, to taste a variety of regional wines accompanied by cheeses and other specialty products. Afterward, head to the island’s southwestern coast for dramatic views of the Nobbies and Seal Rocks, home to Australia’s largest fur seal colony.

For an enchanting finale to the day, make your way to a local beach for the famous Penguin Parade. As dusk falls, watch from a viewing platform as hundreds of adorable little penguins — also called fairy penguins, as these are the smallest in the world — emerge from the ocean and waddle across the sand and shrub to their nearby burrows. Opt for the Penguin Parade Plus or Guided Ranger Tour upgrade for an even closer view of this marvelous spectacle (see Itinerary below for more details).

Once the penguins are safely tucked into their burrows for the night, relax on the approximately 1.5-hour return drive to Melbourne, where you’ll be dropped off back at your hotel.

Please note: This is the new itinerary as of April 1, 2016.

Itinerary

Penguins Plus
See the Penguin Parade from an exclusive viewing platform. Located in an area that always experiences high penguin traffic, the Penguins Plus boardwalk seats half the number of people than the main viewing platform. About 50-60% of the penguins arrive close to the Penguins Plus boardwalk, meaning more penguins and fewer people!

Guided Ranger Tour
This small group ranger-guided interpretive experience includes a priority seating position on the beach in front of the general viewing area.

Phillip Island penguins seasonal cycle:
Feb - Apr: Molting
May - Jul: Nest Building
Aug - Oct: Egg laying

Nov - Jan: Chick Feeding

Customer Reviews

Linda M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Our tour guide made this trip!!! He was knowledgeable and friendly. Name of Dane if anyone wants to know. My only criticism is that there was too much packed into the day. One less stop would have made the day more relaxed for me.

Lee

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Awesome Tour Guide Steve and Fantastic Tour!

Douglas C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Fantastic!!! Make sure you add the private guided ranger tour.

Ja.steel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Amazing day.

Barbara P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Very nice day in the countryside. We loved the stops - lunch in the trout farm where we also learned a little about Australia plants , Koala recovery center where we could photograph koalas in their natural environment high on eucalyptus tops get a good lense and the Penguins Discovery Center. What was promised was delivered and the tour size was small - 24 people.

Dale A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This is a must-do tour...long day tho as the penguins dont come ashore until dusk and then the drive back is long..definitely should go for the Group eco tour..takes you to the front line on the sand with binoculars to watch the parade..fantastic..don't miss

William K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Excellent

suellis31

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

I would highly recommend the guided ranger tour for the penguin parade. Personally I would have skipped the dinner stop in Cowes to spend more time at the site of the penguin parade. This is food at the visitors center and well as interesting information on the penguins as well as the gift shop.

stella

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great tour, really worth to join. The driver same person as the guide is experienced and professional. He made much fun to the tour. Lunch is good and delicious. The white and red wine as well as cheese tasting also impressed me very much. Of course, the little penguins are the highlight. They are very cute and lovely! Be reminded that to bring a thick cloth when awaiting to see the Penguin Parade at the viewing platform. Otherwise, you will be freeze!

NINA S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great trip, Guide was very friendly and professional. I enjoy it very much

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